Dr. Sophia Wisniewska Honored at 2017 Equal Opportunity Day Gala by Pinellas County Urban League

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The Pinellas County Urban League honored Dr. Sophia Wisniewska with an award at the 2017 Equal Opportunity Day Gala. An accomplished educational leader, Wisniewska was recognized for her achievements in improving campus and staffing diversity at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Dr. Sophia Wisniewska

I am greatly humbled and honored to be recognized by the Pinellas Urban League for my initiatives and efforts to improve diversity.

Respected scholar and visionary leader Dr. Sophia Wisniewska was honored with an award at Pinellas County Urban League's 2017 Equal Opportunity Gala, which took place on December 2, 2017 in Clearwater, Fla. Dr. Wisniewska was recognized for her long-standing track record of success in improving diversity and fostering an equal opportunity environment during her tenure as Regional Chancellor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP).

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be recognized by the Pinellas Urban League for my initiatives and efforts to improve diversity,” said Dr. Wisniewska. “However, I am most grateful for this honor on behalf of the entire USFSP campus. Our faculty, staff, and students remain staunchly committed to building a university that models and celebrates a diverse community.”

Under Dr. Wisniewska’s leadership, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was able to achieve several important goals that promote diversity, including the introduction of: a Minority Postdoctoral Fellows Program, a Cabinet-level position of Campus Diversity Officer, several tenure track faculty positions that enhance domestic and global diversity, and the first female African American Dean of Education.

The Equal Opportunity Gala is the Pinellas County Urban League's annual fundraising event that celebrates the achievements of those who strive to create an equal opportunity environment for every citizen. The event is traditionally supported by members and leaders of the local community, as well as state and federal officials, and a number of Fortune 500 companies.

About Sophia Wisniewska

A visionary leader and respected scholar, Dr. Sophia Wisniewska possesses extensive experience and a proven track record of success in higher education. Her signature accomplishments include developing strategic plans and forging key partnerships with community leaders, creating innovative academic programs, fiscal management, and vigorous resource development. Dr. Wisniewska formerly excelled in leadership roles at Penn State, Temple, and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP).

Dr. Wisniewska holds a PhD and a Master of Arts in Russian from Bryn Mawr College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian with a minor in history from Penn State. She also participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education.

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